TeAirra Mitchell Photography | Bay Area Children & Family Mini Sessions

Mini-Session FAQ

"What exactly is a mini-session?"
Mini sessions are the perfect way to get portraits you'll love with less time and money. In twenty sweet short minutes, we can have fun while capturing some adorable shots to update your family albums and scrapbooks, or give precious gifts to loved ones for holidays and special occasions. Each mini-session has a predetermined themed so that the little details are already taken care of and personalities can truly shine. Being short on time, mini-sessions produce a satisfying twelve images per shoot, making your investment a little more budget friendly.

"How is a mini-session different that a regular portrait session?"
Outside of being shorter and a smaller investment, mini-sessions also have a faster turn around time and include three 5x7" prints with each session, keeping in mind that all TMP portrait products include a digital copy of the image ordered. With full portrait sessions being more customized to each individual shoot, there is more time required in the planning and product ordering, but with mini-sessions, you're able to save time in those areas-- and mini-sessions include digital images, unlike full portrait sessions. Mini-sessions also include a special pricing menu so that you can still enjoy high-quality print products at a mini-price.

"Why would I want to book a mini-session?"
Perhaps you have a little person in your life who you adore, say your child, grandchild, niece, or nephew for example. We all know kids grow by the second, but investing in a full portrait session every couple of months can add up quickly. Mini-sessions are a fraction of the price, making them an affordable option for updating the portraits of your favorite little people as they grow before your eyes. Although the sessions are only twenty minutes long, you'll still get plenty of images to choose from with your proofs.

“Are there age requirements for mini-sessions?”
Yes. Unless specified otherwise, mini-sessions are for children between the ages of 6 months (or with the ability to sit-up unassisted) to 12 years old.

"Do mini-sessions include a pre-consult?"
Clients are always welcome to have a pre-consult with any session, mini or otherwise. A phone consultation would be great for a mini-session. We can brainstorm ideas for outfits that will work with the theme for your mini-session. We can also talk about hairstyles, accessories, and additional props. Just because they're mini-sessions doesn't mean you don't get to make your session truly yours.

"What if me or my child get sick on the day of our mini-session?"
Should you be unable to attend the mini-session event due to an illness or other family emergency, no worries, you have one complimentary reschedule. Please call an hour before your scheduled time to let us know you're not going to be able to make it, and we'll give you a call a day or two later to check-in with you and reschedule your mini-session.

"How are mini-session proofs delivered, and how do I select my favorite images?"
Once your mini-session proofs are ready, you'll receive an email containing the link to your online viewing gallery along with an online order form. Your online viewing gallery is a password protected gallery that  will last for 3 days while you choose the images to complete your package. The images in your online viewing gallery will be numbered so that you can input the image number on the order formed contained in the email that was sent with your viewing gallery link.

"Can I order more prints than what's included with the mini-session package?"
Yes, of course! You may order additional print products using the mini-session portrait pricing. You may choose to pick-up your portrait order, or we can arrange to have it shipped to your home.

"Can I bring along a friend?"
Definitely! If you refer a friend, you both will receive 15% off your mini-session sitting fee as well as $100 towards your portrait order. There are no limitations on how many friends you refer, as long as there is still session availability. You can also earn rewards for booking a mini-session through our Loyalty Program.

"What if I want more than a 20-minute session?"

To keep availability open to other families, we only allow one mini-session reservation per household for every mini-session event. If you think you'd like more time for your mini-session, contact us about planning a full portrait session and we will be happy to help you weigh out your options.


“How many children can be in one mini-session sitting?”
Mini-sessions can have up to three children per booking. as long as all are within the age requirements for mini-sessions.


"How do I reserve a mini-session booking?"
Mini-session reservations are made on a strictly first come, first serve basis due to the limited number of sessions available. To reserve a mini-session, keep an eye out for our email newsletter that will let you know when a mini-session event is taking place so that you can be ready to claim your desired slot. Once you see that we are accepting bookings for the mini-sessions, email us to let us know you're interested, and we will provide you with a list of times to choose from along with an invoice for your mini-session retainer fee.